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FC Barcelona News: 22 August 2019; Gerard Pique Approaches Milestone, Three Kickoff Times Confirmed

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Gerard Piqué, one more for 500 | FC Barcelona
If he plays against Betis this weekend, the defender will have played half a thousand times for Barça. Let’s admire his glowing stats after over a decade of games for the first team.

KO times confirmed until end of September | FC Barcelona
Barça now know when their games will be kicking off in weeks 5, 6 and 7 of La Liga after it was announced on Wednesday when the last three games of September will be taking place.

Messi trains with the team | FC Barcelona
It was the first time he has been able to do that since picking up a right leg injury last August 5. He was the star attraction on pitch 2 at the training facility, where the first team was also joined by Iñaki Peña, Chumi, Carles Pérez and Abel Ruiz of Barça B as well as teenage sensation Ansu Fati from the U19 team.

Rakitic to remain at Barcelona | Marca
Ivan Rakitic won’t be leaving the Camp Nou this summer. It’s a message that has been clear from his end all summer, and irrespective of who has shown an interest in him, he’s always maintained his desire to stay at Barcelona. Juventus are the last side to have tried their luck with the Croatian just this week, but Barcelona stood firm in their rejection.

‘Never easy with Messi taking all the credit’ – Coutinho’s Barcelona departure disappoints Rivaldo | Goal
“It’s never easy to find your space in a team where Lionel Messi constantly takes all the credit and responsibility. There are few players in the world capable of reaching such a situation and imposing themselves, and maybe Coutinho didn’t have enough patience to find his spot in the team.

Dembele does not care if Neymar joins Barcelona, says agent | Goal
Should the Brazil international finally end this summer at Camp Nou, his arrival could well push Dembele closer to the exit door, as with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Griezmann, Barca have no shortage of first-class firepower. But agent Moussa Sissoko insists that the former Borussia Dortmund man is only thinking about the coming season with his current employers.

Barcelona to renew Rafinha deal before loan move | Football Espana
Barcelona are set to renew the contract of midfielder Rafinha Alcantara before loaning him out, according to Marca. The midfielder’s contract is up at the end of this season but the club are reluctant to sanction a permanent sale despite the player’s track record of injuries.

Ansu Fati, the jewel of Barcelona’s academy that dreams of the Camp Nou | Marca
Barcelona have great hopes for Ansu Fati, the latest jewel from their famed La Masia academy, and with the 16-year-old having been included in the first team’s training session on Wednesday, he dreams of a Camp Nou debut. The young forward was included in the session as he appears to be moving ever closer to a senior debut, albeit even if the club are short of attacking options at this moment.